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River Current A boat can travel 36 miles upstream in the same time that it can travel 54 miles downstream. If the speed of the current is 3 miles per hour, find the speed of the boat without a current.
let speed of boat in still water be x mph
speed = x-5
time = 36/(x-5)
speed = x+5
time = 54/(x+5)
the two times are equal, so
36/(x-5) = 54(x+5)
54x - 270 = 36x + 180
18x = 450
x = 25
The speed of the boat without a current is 25 mph
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